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Jun
22
comment Why do search engines “lie”?
Search engines don't work the way they used to 10 to 15 years ago. Also, don't log in with an account on the service to avoid "learning" enhanced results.
Jun
8
comment Wrong person's photo in my Google image search
You have to be more popular than John Doe... and if you're talking about Google SERP from your own search trying something like "John Doe" -"Harry Chestnut" might do it.
Jun
8
comment What are the reasons for using the meta tag “noindex, follow”?
This page is of no importance; however, its links are. Layered Navigation/Search Refinement is heavy on duplicate content otherwise.
May
24
comment robots meta not blocking indexing
After the fact fix, lock down access to your staging server by IP address blocks, the whole world doesn't need access and it's easier to prevent stealth indexing that way as well.
May
7
comment Will my domain automatically renew?
Most allow for manual renewal along with the auto notification, it's not a bad idea to go ahead and do that so you don't have the auto-renewal die from something careless like a card expiration date, you know ahead of time when you get the reject as opposed to afterwards and praying the "Grace Period" isn't graceless and fumbling.
Apr
26
comment Google Bots Crawling my Site daily is this good or a bad thing?
If you don't want to show up in Google search, then it's a really bad thing... It's how developers prelaunch alpha code level websites in the ugly duckling, golly we didn't want the competitors to see it stage.
Apr
25
comment What is the status of Google's action on “Ghost Referrals” in Google Analytics?
Oh, great, another MegaIndex.ru style SEO site scanner on the loose. Referer Spam => webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/78582/…
Apr
14
comment CSS Above or Below Body for Speed?
Anything that delays CSS load causes pretty horrible User Experience as a cost for the body HTML loading quicker. I've seen it in action a couple times, momentary totally broken website that finally snaps into proper view, and if it doesn't, a page reload so it finally presents properly (Recreate the scenario by clearing browser cache, inspect code, heh, so that's why). PLUS CSS is browser cached if you're doing it right so it becomes a non-issue. Most of the time your issues are the image load (reduce it) and blocking JavaScripts. And just spec out a capable server in the first place.
Apr
4
comment Wlll migrating a custom built website to Drupal make it easier to find a new person to maintain the website?
There was this British WWII term "Let George do it", an anti-apathy push to not be that person. In the volunteer environment it's applicable as "Let CMS do it", as you will find a dearth of people with basic glue programming skills willing to donate their time. The love of doing computer stuff for the hack of it has kind of worn off out there as Peter P and I are being admonished. More people are available to fiddle with a Wordpress template than are to do the core programming to create a Wordpress plugin. The base skillset then becomes a data entry issue for content. Anybody can clatter keys.
Apr
3
comment Trademark ® Symbol Required in Product Description?
And then there's Service Marks, FedEx wanted to force us to have (SM) on every mention of their name, freight method, etc. We told them that they didn't really give us much better service than UPS and that we could easily negotiate for better rates with the competitor and drop them altogether. Dollars vote, corplaw shut up and disappeared.
Apr
3
comment Trademark ® Symbol Required in Product Description?
We got a nasty note over Viton once from said chemical manufacturer DuPont for an item produced by a manufacturer that used their rubber compound. The legalese was that we couldn't use Viton as an adjective as in "Viton seal", but had to say "seal made of Viton" and then include the appropriate TM, (R) or whatever. Out of all the product we sell, this one item was the only thing that attracted their corplaw partner's (retainer justification) attention as about 20 pages over, there were other Viton items that didn't get noticed. Once in 25 years of doing business, nobody else has bothered us.
Mar
23
comment Ways to confront users with ad blockers?
Head of the list, keep your website secure and don't serve out objectionable ads. Got tired of the antivirus scan going off on certain sites due to either badly managed WordPress installations or malware bearing advertisements. Simple method, have an underlay that shows when ads are blocked containing a diplomatic message explaining your website depends on advertising to stay afloat. Being forced to accept malware redirect ads will guarantee that I will blacklist your website and never view it again.
Mar
3
comment SEO — what's the deal with the enthusiasm for data scraping?
Steal your homework instead of doing their own, most common, scraping stock quantities so they don't need expensive, smart people working in their purchasing department.
Feb
28
comment How can I determine the background color of a site?
FireFox, right click => Inspect Element on any background area gives you the answer so quick it's not funny. Click the little checkbox to toggle .site { background-color: } to verify that's what you're looking at and copy out the hex color code.
Feb
19
comment What is the typical example of old school website design?
The neatest was the analog clock that would distort as moved, done in Microsoft jscript.
Feb
19
comment What is the typical example of old school website design?
Don't forget the flying dove, two high burst mortar fireworks gifs on either side and blink text, there's still a way to simulate blink in CSS.
Feb
12
comment Are HTML sitemaps needed in modern websites?
At the core of SEO has always been creating rich, unique content which has not changed at all. What has been burned away is all the tricky-doo that SEO "experts" keep trying to sell for high dollar.
Feb
11
comment Host Pappa is deleting all my data and websites because it found malware. Isn't there anything I can do?
Word for the day is ephemeral and that is what digital content is without backups. It's a heartbreaker...
Jan
10
comment What does Majestic.com 'Trust Flow' number mean?
Trust Flow - Trust Flow is one of the Majestic Flow Metrics, which is weighted by the number of clicks from a seed set of trusted sites to a given URL, or Domain. Technobabble excreted to make it sound like something. Explained by further nebulous verbiage: Flow Metrics - Flow Metrics are scores assigned to websites and URLs by algorithms run on Majestic servers during the build of an index. Flow Metrics are expressed as numbers between 0 and 100, the higher the number, the stronger the signal. Signal? Basically, Majestic failed as a search engine and are trying to monetize BOM.
Dec
6
comment Is it possible to check Page Rank of a site without the Google toolbar?
Simple answer, NO. This whole question rendered moot as Google doesn't provide PageRank anymore and any third party claiming to be able to display it is fluffing... Reduced to being another Cargo Cult SEO meme now.